Financial Aid Checklist

Financial Aid Checklist

☐ Complete the FAFSA at

Priority Deadline: March 1th

  • Add New Jersey City University School Code 002613

  • Make sure it’s signed with your FSA ID


☐ Complete the NJ State Application for Financial Aid

  • At the end of the FAFSA application, there is a link to redirect you to the state application (HESAA) to answer additional questions for state aid consideration

  • If you closed the window or can’t find the link, go directly to and click on “Report Additional Information for State Aid”


☐ Review your Student Aid Report (SAR)

  • The SAR is a copy of what you reported on the FAFSA. You will receive an email when it is ready to be viewed online. Please check for any mistakes. If you made a mistake, you may log back onto to make a correction.

  • The SAR will tell you if you were selected for verification.  If so, you will receive a letter from our office outlining the additional documentation requested.


☐ Submit any missing documentation

  • Log on to GothicNet to see if you’re missing any forms

  • We will email you reminders if we require any additional documentation or forms.

  • Please submit this information ASAP to the financial aid office

  • If you estimated your tax information on the FAFSA, please use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to submit your updated tax information


☐ Review your financial aid awards

  • Awards can be viewed electronically on GothicNet

  • New Students: Award letters will begin to be mailed in January

  • Returning Students:  Award letters will begin to be mail in March or check GothicNet starting in late March to see aid.

  • Review costs and determine how much you owe for out of pocket expenses.  Contact our office if you don’t understand something

  • Do you have a special circumstance? Complete the Special Circumstance: Request for Review form


☐ Accept, adjust, or decline your student loan(s) on GothicNet

  • Borrowing a Stafford loan for the first time? You must do two things:

  1. Complete Entrance Counseling at

  2. Sign Master Promissory Note (MPN) at


☐ Apply for outside scholarships

  • Use scholarship search engines

  • Check with companies for scholarships opportunities

  • If you receive a scholarship, notify the Office of Student Financial Aid by providing a copy of the award letter


☐ Decide on payment options to pay the bill

  • Payment plan

  • Other payment options

  • Parent PLUS loan

  • Private loan


☐ Pay your bill

  • Bills are available in late July and due in mid-August

  • You have to pay the difference between your charges and financial aid through one or more of the options above


☐ Adding or dropping classes?

  • Check with the Office of Student Financial Aid to see how it will affect your financial aid